389 people were swept around Catton Park this Saturday in the gusts of Storm Hannah, but at least the rain held off for long enough for everyone to get round without getting wet, even if we were all given wind assistance / hampering by it!
We were given the pleasure of welcoming 22 first timers to Catton, of which for 8 people (plus one lady who I know forgot her barcode so was sadly running for Team Unknown this weekend) it was their first parkrun ever. Welcome everyone, I hope that you enjoyed your first Catton parkrun experience, come back again soon. We welcomed windswept refugees from Blickling (unfortunately cancelled due to weather), Norwich, Bury St. Edmunds, Sheringham (again, cancelled due to weather), Cambridge, Kings Lynn and Brundall (one more cancelled due to the weather!) .
Here’s some of them (those that heard my gentle calling to briefing anyway) – what a good looking bunch they are. So much nicer than last week! (This is getting cringe now, Bishop –Ed)
Despite the weather being about as much fun as a stubbed little toe, an incredible 35 of you recorded personal bests – don’t forget to clang that PB bell when you think you’ve done it! Here’s Andrea and Daisy, who may have slightly broken the bell before this picture, but was all repaired here!
Despite the weather being worse than an overflowing toilet, some folks just got to keep running. One of those guys, Noel Meeks, saw fit to run a whole other parkrun before we started, finishing his first one as we started our one, a quick sprint saw Noel move past the tail walker and then he did ours. Noel has come a long way on his running journey – well done!
We had some epic milestones reached this weekend, Alastair Leckie made his 200th run! Not far left to go for the big green tee! We were pleased to see that Charlotte Harmer made her 100th run with us this weekend – well done to you, Charlotte! Annnd finally, we had 5 people being blown past the 50 mark - Phil Bayliss, Elizabeth Davison, Matt Barnes, Jackie Gowing and Cate Moore all made it to 50 runs! Super duper congratulmalations! (That’s not a word you imbecile, I wonder if letting you do this gig is a bad idea… -Ed)
And then I always like to give credit to those who are returning for their second parkrun. It may be the week following your first, or months / years may have passed – but you came back! That’s a courageous thing to do. So put your virtual hands together please for… David GOODMAN, Dan AMADOR-CLARKE, Stuart SMITH, Amanda SHEEHY, Rachel HANNANT, Ian YARDY, Matthew BUNN, Marissa BLAND, George HEAVER, Dominique BIVAR SEGURADO, Emily YOUNG, Chris EAST, Paul RUSSELL and our own parkrun dinosaur Leon REUBEN!
And of course, no parkrun can happen without the sterling efforts of our volunteer corps, who this week were the purple paragons, the luminous legion, the multiple mega marshals – the team: Dan GOODWIN • James BISHOP • Tina MOSELEY • David PARKER • Andrew HAMMOND • Brett CORNISH • Kyra CORNISH • Judy CROOKS • Alex CHARD • Elizabeth HALFORD • Faith PEARCE • Emma MULLEY • Sue EAGLE • Derek JARVIS • Catherine DUGDALE • Ruth RUDD • Michael DALE • Lewis WHITMARSH • Oliver GENT • Simon ALCOCK • Eileen DEARNLEY • Lisa ALBOROUGH • Michelle WARD • Katie DAVIES • Nicola IRESON • Iona DAVIES • Andrew G GREY
We always need more help – can you please drop us an email if you can help in the next few weeks. Sadly our roster looks like my rapidly retreating hairline. Not too bad to start with but then thins out to an awkward isolated patch here and there further down.
Also – a call for help please. The Stroke Resolution run needs more help if any is available, especially a lead runner to show people the way. If you’re speedy (Aston Martin, Trevor Gannon, guys like that, I’m looking at you here) and free on the morning of March 24th, can you please consider giving up a little bit of your time to George a hand? Contact him on email@example.com – they’re also after more marshals and staff to help give out medals.
Since last week, literally nobody has asked me how I’m getting on with my quest to get to Kapiti Coast parkrun. So let’s pick up the phone to Catton parkrun OberUberOberKommandant Event Director Dan, and see what’s happening with my request….
“*Brief shout of what could be an insult or greeting*”
“Oh, Hi Boss, It’s James…”
“*Shouting sounds slightly angrier, distant noise of nails being hammered into something*”
“Err…. Bishop. James Bishop. I’m part of the core team, I write the run reports…? Larger bloke? Grey hair? Shouts people to the new runner briefing? Makes a decent speaker stand on Saturday mornings?”
“*Angry exclamations and what sounds like a sledgehammer being buried in the side of a JCB*”
“Yes, that’s me, although that never actually happened, it was a vicious rumour started by Brett Cornish. It’s simply not physically possible to put tha….”
“*What sounds like an small anvil being dropped into a drum, repeatedly, to the tune of something played by Slipknot*”
“The point of my call? Ah yes, well, last week I asked about going to Kapiti Coast parkrun in New Zealand and I wa… Hello? Dan? Dan? “
He’s lovely, really. Just really bad connection in Catton parkrun towers. I think. Because otherwise I think I’m going to be missing some body parts if I call him again. *gulp*
And on that bombshell…
PS. Your thought for the week is from the late, great Tommy Cooper…”You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said 'Parking Fine.' “ (Don’t park on Oak Lane please!)